Wintery weather is still upon us and the frosty chill in the air makes it a perfect time for warm, soothing comfort foods. One of the most satisfying and heart-warming comfort foods in the world is a big bowl of hot, homemade soup. My dear friend and yoga teacher extraordinaire, Devin Morgan, has just published a new cookbook titled The Little Book of Soups by Devin Morgan, filled with recipes for cozy, creamy soups created to fill your tummy, make your tongue smile and nourish your body. The book is currently only available directly from her in a special preview edition, but the final published edition (with possible how-to DVD) will soon be available on Amazon.com. As a special winter treat for all of you, I have asked Devin for permission to share one of the recipes from the book. The soup recipe I picked is one of my favorites – rich, golden Butternut Squash Soup. This winter squash is one of my family’s favorite seasonal foods, right after “pumpkin – anything & everything.” So, here is the easy-to-make, delicious recipe from Devin’s new book:
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash ~ 4 cups or 1 medium squash
Dried Sage ~ 2 Tablespoons
Extra Virgin Olive Oil ~ 4 Tablespoons
Ground Cumin ~ 1 teaspoon
Garlic Powder ~ 1 teaspoon
Shallots ~ 1 cup, coarsely chopped
White Rose Potato ~ 1 cup peeled, chopped to approximately 1/2″ cubes
Soup Stock ~ 3 1/2 cups of chicken, mock chicken or vegetable
Salt & White Pepper ~ to taste
To prepare squash: Preheat oven to 350°. Lance squash three times with a sharp knife. Bake whole 45 minutes or until the skin gives when you press down. Allow to cool. Cut in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the flesh and measure.
Now, heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the shallots, potato and seasonings. Stir frequently. Sauté until shallots are soft and translucent. Add stock (potatoes will still be firm). Add the Butternut Squash and Sage. Simmer over medium heat until all vegetables are tender and soft. Cool 10 minutes.
Purée in a blender, starting on low for 30 seconds, then on high until smooth. Pour into your favorite cup or bowl and garnish with crushed pecans. Serves 4. Note: If you are unable to purchase fresh Butternut Squash, substitute canned squash or yams.
If you are interested in purchasing Devin’s the Little Book of Soups in its special preview edition for $10 plus postage, you can write to Devin at email@example.com for information on how to purchase it directly from her. And, I’m sure that if you ask her real nicely, she would be glad to sign your copy for you. I will revise this post with information on purchasing the book from places like Amazon.com when the first public edition is published in the near future.
Now, I would like to introduce you to Devin Morgan. This lovely woman is not shy about letting people know her real age – she is 66 years young. Devin is a wellness and yoga instructor much beloved by all of her many dedicated students. But she has not always been the picture of health that she is today. After spending most of her childhood in and out of hospitals, Devin turned her health around by studying nutrition and altering her diet. In search of a higher level of fitness in mid-life, she found yoga, and subsequently became a yoga instructor at the age of 45. Through yoga classes, teacher’s training workshops and wellness seminars, she has encouraged and touched the hearts of thousands of people in America, England, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
Devin’s observations of many, many body types and individual needs, led her to create a method of teaching that was specific, safe and easy to understand, regardless of the level of the student. She calls this system, The Rishi Method of Yoga Instruction. The yoga method is gentle and flowing, yet powerful — and because it is adaptable to anyone, her classes continue to overflow.
Ever the health conscious cook, Devin often delights her friends and students with homemade soups and vegetarian meals. The Little Book of Soups highlights some of her best-loved recipes. It is the first in a series of wellness books. Soon to follow are, The Little Book of Yoga, The Little Book of Vitamins and The Little Book of Easy Vegetarian Meals.
As a practicing clinical hypnotherapist since 1994, Devin further aids clients to promote wellness, weight loss and lifestyle change. She works in an intuitive, compassionate manner that enables effective shifts in both mind and body.
Devin is a living example of health and vitality, and believes good nutrition and adequate exercise can create a healthy, dynamic lifestyle for anyone.